Ever since a violent mob stormed the United States Capitol, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies have been worried about the potential for another much bigger attack.
In fact, the Bureau has is so concerned that the inauguration of Joe Biden may be a potential target for more violence that local leaders are forced to ask that no one travel to Washington D.C. for the event.
For further protection, elected officials are requesting that the National Guard step in and help keep the city safe…and that they be armed.
National Guard members supporting US Capitol security in Washington, DC, ahead of Inauguration Day will be armed, the Department of Defense announced Tuesday.
The decision comes as law enforcement in the nation’s capital and around the country brace for more extremist violence after the deadly insurrection at the US Capitol last week.
The first wave of National Guard troops who arrived at the Capitol were unarmed, and the Army has been reviewing whether National Guardsmen should be armed for the inauguration with lethal or nonlethal weapons.
Capt. Chelsi Johnson, spokesperson for the DC National Guard, said in a statement to CNN that the move was requested by federal authorities and authorized by Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy.
“National Guard members are postured to meet the requirements of the supported civil authorities, up to and including protective equipment and being armed if necessary,” Johnson said.
Photos of hundreds of Guards at the Capitol, sleeping on the cold marble floors were soon spreading around social media.
I spotted the National Guard sleeping in the hallways of the Capitol as I walked in this morning. pic.twitter.com/PzVpQCo5yU
— Daniella Diaz (@DaniellaMicaela) January 13, 2021
According to the FBI, there are threats not only to the U.S. Capitol targeting the inauguration but also to every state capitol – an issue that could stretch the National Guard thin.
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